Jon Keller

The First One Hundred Days

BOSTON, April 29, 2005 — Was it really only 16 months ago that President John F. Kerry, then a faltering also-ran in the Democratic presidential primary race, was adapting Robert Frost's ode to regretted choices in a desperate effort to…

Drag Race

No one was better qualified to administer the last rites to John Kerry's presidential hopes than Dan Payne. The affable Payne, a respected Democratic political consultant from Newton who was an adviser to all three of Kerry's U.S. Senate campaigns…

Fighting for a Seat

BOSTON, March 10, 2005 — The Democratic race for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the election of President John F. Kerry erupted in a volley of sharp elbows last night as the six candidates faced off in their…

Lady in Waiting

It's a slower-than-slow news day, and an increasingly desperate TV reporter is prowling City Hall Plaza, trying to wring a feature out of an ice cream-sampling charity event. It isn't going well. Probing questions like what's your favorite flavor? and…

Hack Job

One winter afternoon in 1997, Peter Blute, then director of the Massachusetts Port Authority, received a fateful phone call. On the line was the man who had appointed Blute to the plum Massport job just weeks earlier, then governor William…

The Invisible Man

Inside Doyle’s Cafe, the venerable Jamaica Plain pub once described by the New York Times as “a century-old citadel of Irish politics,” there is an especially shrinelike corner known as the mayor’s table. Here, due homage is paid to the…

The Great Divide

Steve Lynch, state senator from South Boston, is foraging for votes in a sleepy residential neighborhood near Dedham Center. It's hot, and a lot of people aren't home when Lynch knocks on their doors this midmorning. Still, things are starting…

Running on Empty

You're gonna get a real accurate sense of where you stand in the world when you stand out at a T stop for the morning,” says Boston mayoral candidate Peggy Davis-Mullen. And from her post inside the Forest Hills MBTA…

Spin Cycle

When Steve Grossman pulled the plug on his campaign during the summer, well before last month’s primary election for governor, there was blame enough to go around. The former Democratic National Committee chairman sank two years of his life and…

The Godfathers

The crowded tenements of Boston's old West End were long ago torn down, of course, victims of the famously misguided urban renewal project that made way for Government Center and Charles River Park. But before they were, the sociologist Herbert…